04 Apr

St David's Engineering Team Qualify for National Finals

We are proud to announce that our Engineering Team have been selected as one of six teams from Wales who will be attending the Big Bang Fair national finals at the Birmingham NEC in March 2018.

To qualify for the finals, the team attended the Welsh Big Bang Fair on 3rd April as part of the Engineering Education Scheme Wales Sixth Form Project. 

The team had been given their brief earlier in the year by Viridor UK, a company which "transforms ‘waste’ into the items and energy that society will need tomorrow".

The brief was to create a solution to prevent large metal items, e.g. parts of cars/quad bikes, from getting caught up in the incineration system. If items currently get caught in the system the company has to shut down the whole process and manually extract the foreign object. This stops the company from being able to produce energy to supply to the National Grid and costs them considerable sums of money.

The St David's team was up against 73 other local teams, and was selected with just five other teams to attend the finals at the NEC next year. 

They also won the award for 'Best Appreciation of Safety Issues' and had nominations for 'Best Application of Existing Technology' and for their written report. Each student was also awarded a £50 prize and the College will receive £500 for STEM projects. 

Upon completion of the UK finals next year, all students will achieve a Gold Crest Award, which is the STEM equivalent of the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

A huge congratulations to Elizabeth Croad-Protheroe, Vikram Ponnuswamy, Ieuan Reed, Andrew Tong and Dean Williams, and to their mentor, Physics teacher Matthew Miller.